Community Development

University of Missouri Extension works with funding partners to strengthen the economic viability of Missouri and sustain the environment through educational programs and resources.

The grants listed below may cover more than year.  The budget figures are the total amount awarded to that grant to date.

Financial and Community Capacity Building Among Beginning Latino Farmers and Ranchers in Missouri and Nebraska

Mo Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
7/1/2012 - 9/30/2013
Project Manager: Stephen Jeanetta

Missouri and Nebraska are the only states with a decrease in the number of Latino farmers and ranchers while at the same time experiencing significant Latino growth in the broader populations. Research has revealed Latino farmers and ranchers are largely a hidden population in both states and are not easily counted. Many of these farmers and ranchers have very small operations with high failure rates. Two sets of challenges impact their operations. First, they lack internal Latino networks, do not understand what resources are available in the community, do not participate in producer networks and do not understand how to approach resource agencies. The second is that they are not up to date on business and management techniques that will qualify them for resources when they do apply for loans or other resources. A two-pronged approach will be used to address both sets of issues. The first will be a set of workshops that help farmers organize, understand the community resource base, connect to producer networks and build relationships with resource agencies. The second is a program that introduces Latino farmers and ranchers to basic business and farming and ranching practices that will help them qualify for resources they can use to grow their enterprises.

ExCEED: Extension Community Economic and Entrepreurial

US Small Business Administration
9/30/2010 - 9/29/2013
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

The goal of the proposed Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development (ExCEED) program is to revitalize rural Missouri by creating and supporting regional systems and helping communities create conditions in which entrepreneurs can emerge, thrive and grow.

Consolidated Educational Analysis and Support

Mo Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project Manager: Tracy Greever-Rice

This project will support the development of applications, the conduct of analyses, the coordination of pilot programs and the preparation of reports to support the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Missouri Healthnet Data Project

Mo Division of Medical Services
Project Manager: Tracy Greever-Rice

This project involves a collaborative partnership among the Missouri Division of Medical Services, the University's Center for Health Policy and the University of Missouri Extension's Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis.  The goal of this project is to improve quality and control cost in Missouri's Medicaid program through analysis of improvement issues using Medicaid claims data and related information.

Missouri State Census Data

Missouri State Library
Project Manager: Tracy Greever-Rice

The Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) will provide the Missouri State Library with database management and support services concerning census data as well as web enhancements.

Healthy Nevada Project

Healthy Nevada Coalition
6/10/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project Manager: Tracy Greever-Rice

The Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) will perform a baseline detailed analysis of the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population of Nevada, Mo and Vernon County.  The goal is to identify at-risk populations and prioritize intervention strategies and activities.  OSEDA will provide a cost/benefit analysis of the population's health care costs and health care system before intervention.   

Fostering Local Foods-Based Economic Development Strategies

University of Minnesota
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

Because of the recent surge of interest in developing shared processing facilities for local foods products, many educators and economic development professionals are asked to provide expertise and leadership for communities in this area. Many are not equipped to provide information on how communities can, and whether they should, develop shared facilities for processing local foods. Resources for such projects are widely scattered. In this project, we seek to: 1) develop a shared knowledge of the concepts, benefits and challenges of developing shared facilities among extension educators, economic development professionals and community leaders; 2) provide the skills and knowledge that will allow educators to determine whether shared facilities for processing local foods is a good economic development tool; and 3) foster the skills and knowledge to help farm and food entrepreneurs develop successful local food businesses across Missouri.

Building Community Capacity in Rural Missouri

Community Foundation of the Ozark
9/1/2011 -12/31/2013
Project Manager: Sharon Gulick

Over the last decade there has been a steady decline in the capacity within our rural communities to undertake innovative and forwarding thinking strategies that will impact the future viability of the community. This project will test new models of engagement and technical assistance to empower communities / regions to increase their capacity to forge economic sustainability.

Kids Count

Childrens Trust Fund
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Project Manager: Tracy Greever-Rice

The Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis will work with the sponsor to update the Kids Count indicator database, analyze the reliability of indicators, document sources, and maintain data and program libraries.